Ovangkol lends exotic flare to Taylor's 400 Series, with a tone many find similar to Indian rosewood. The body, which features a Venetian cutaway to give you more accessibilty to all frets, is dramatically outlined with contrasting white binding. The bold-voiced GS body style, together with an ovangkol/Sitka spruce tonewood pairing, translates into a powerful guitar with impressive tonal breadth and dynamic range. It'll cover a lot of sonic terrain.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you're a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn't come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12 Strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
Over a decade ago, Taylor introduced the guitar world to a sustainable tonewood known as ovangkol. An African relative of rosewood, it's a great sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Being lesser known than rosewood, ovangkol has been a sleeper hit over the years, asserting itself as an instant contender among unsuspecting players who test-drive a variety of Taylor models.
Gloss Top, Back and Sides
The finish used to create this guitar's textured satin back and sides and lustrous gloss top was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultraviolet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed "professional audio"-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
- Type/Shape: 6-String GS
- Back and Sides: Ovangkol
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Soundhole Rosette: B/W/B
- Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Dots
- Electronics: ES2
- Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
- Binding: White
- Bridge: Ebony
- Nut and Saddle: Tusq
- Tuning Machines: Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
- Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with NANOWEB coating
- Hardware: Taylor Chrome-Plated
- Scale Length: 25-1/2"
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
- Number of Frets: 20
- Fretboard Radius: 15"
- Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern)
- Finish: All gloss
- Case included